New and Emerging Jobs in Oregon: The Latest Trends

by Felicia Bechtoldt

October 16, 2020

The Oregon Employment Department’s occupational employment projections through the year 2029 include the latest trends in new and emerging jobs in Oregon. Projections provide the expected growth rate and annual openings for 707 different occupations from 2019 to 2029. Occupations generally include numerous types of jobs, from old familiar job titles, to new job titles that may not even exist yet. In many cases, new and emerging jobs are reflected within the fastest growing occupations.

Many of the fastest growing occupations are in health care as the sector adapts to new technology, new ways of providing health care, and an aging population. While the overall number of jobs in Oregon is expected to grow 9 percent from 2019 to 2029, health care related occupations are expected to grow 15 percent. New and emerging jobs are also creating fast growth in occupations related to data analysis and high tech.

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The fastest growing large occupations in health care (more than 1,000 jobs in 2019) are:
Physician assistants: 35 percent growth; 170 annual openings
Nurse practitioners: 29 percent growth; 203 annual openings
Massage therapists: 26 percent growth; 568 annual openings
Medical assistants: 24 percent growth; 2,027 annual openings
Respiratory therapists: 23 percent growth; 131 annual openings
Veterinary assistants: 23 percent growth; 354 annual openings
Speech-language pathologists: 23 percent growth; 130 annual openings.

Data analysis and high tech are also among the 10 fastest growing large occupations:
Operations research analysts: 29 percent growth; 136 annual openings
Applications software developers: 28 percent growth; 1,787 annual openings
Market research analysts and marketing specialists: 26 percent growth; 1,098 annual openings.

The fastest growing smaller occupations (fewer than 1,000 jobs in 2019) are:
Solar photovoltaic installers: 71 percent growth; 21 annual openings
Computer and information research scientists: 37 percent growth; 29 annual openings
Occupational therapy assistants: 33 percent growth; 53 annual openings
Computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers: 32 percent growth; 88 annual openings.

An overview of projected industry and occupation employment through 2029 is available at

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